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The Owen County Collaborative Addiction Treatment Initiative (OCCATI) is a consortium of Northern Kentucky community partners invested in addressing substance use disorder and healthcare gaps in the eight-county Northern Kentucky region. Our projects are funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration planning grant.

Consortium members

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to develop a strategic plan for essential evidence-based early intervention and treatment for new substance users as well as to shrink the behavioral and medical healthcare gaps in the eight-county Northern Kentucky region for those seeking treatment and support for substance use disorders. Through the planning grant, we will provide proof of concept through programming and training for Owen County High School health-related personnel. Our longer-range vision is to provide a replicable model for the Commonwealth of Kentucky of regional health consortia that reduce substance abuse mortality and morbidity through more effective, data-driven resource allocation and intentional workforce development focused on targeted student or trainee recruitment, education, placement, and loan repayment programs.

Through the formation of OCCATI, we collaborate to address unmet health workforce needs by:

  1. Developing early intervention programs that decrease reliance on emergency services;
  2. Increasing capacity for early intervention in adolescents (ages 13-17) and young adults (ages 18-22);
  3. And developing recruitment, scholarship, field placement, and loan repayment assistance plans that target healthcare students from the rural areas.


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